Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 753b- Yemen War Mosaic 753b

Yemen Press Reader 753b: 31. Juli 2021: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 753, cp7 - cp19 / July 31, 2021: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 753, cp7 - cp19
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 753, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 753, part 1:

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Kursiv: Siehe Teil 1 / In Italics: Look in part 1

Klassifizierung / Classification

Für wen das Thema ganz neu ist / Who is new to the subject

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Coronavirus und Seuchen / Most important: Coronavirus and epidemics

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

cp6 Separatisten und Hadi-Regierung im Südjemen / Separatists and Hadi government in Southern Yemen

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp9a USA-Iran Krise: Spannungen am Golf / US-Iran crisis: Tensions at the Gulf

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Söldner / Mercenaries

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp17a Kriegsereignisse: Schlacht um Marib / Theater of War: Marib battle

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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Acting head of the UN Special Envoy's office for Yemen (OSESGY) concludes visit to Riyadh

The Acting Head of OSESGY, Muin Shreim has concluded yesterday a two-day visit to Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, during which he met with Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsen and Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalek as well as other senior Yemeni officials. He also met with US Special Envoy Timothy Lenderking and other diplomats working on the Yemeni file.

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Yemen's presidency ready to exchange prisoners with Houthis

Yemen's presidency announced on Thursday that it was ready to exchange all prisoners with the Houthi group under an "all-or-all" rule.

The statements were made by Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsen Saleh during his meeting with the deputy head of the United Nations (UN) special envoy to Yemen, Muin Shreim, in the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

Official Yemeni news agency SABA reported that the meeting had discussed: "Efforts to resume lasting peace in Yemen."

Saleh stressed his country's: "Support for the UN efforts to end the suffering of Yemenis. The Yemeni government is ready to cooperate on the file of prisoners, abductees and forcibly disappeared persons, and to implement an all-for-all agreement."

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4th Time a Charm? UN to Appoint Yet Another Special Envoy to Yemen

Mabkhout C., a Yemeni who works in hardware sales, told The Media Line that Yemenis do not want the UN to interfere in their affairs. The country “did not gain anything from the UN envoys except a deepening of the wounds and driving people’s views apart,” he said.

“The decision to stop the war is not in the hands of the Yemenis, but in the hands of an international power,” he added.

Ali al-Malsi, a Yemeni academician, criticized what he called the UN envoys’ failure to properly diagnose the crisis and said the world organization must avoid repeating the mistakes made by the previous UN envoys and identify a figure who can correctly analyze the problem and present it to the Security Council so the latter can put pressure on the regional powers involved in the war.

Failed UN efforts

On June 15, Griffiths announced during a Security Council session that his efforts to find a solution to the crisis had failed and that the Yemeni parties must have the courage to choose the path of peace.

“A mediator is not responsible for the war nor for the peace. His – or her – privilege is not to have the power to end the war, despite a common assumption to the contrary. The mediator’s privilege is to present to the parties the ways the war can end. And again so far in vain,” he said.

Journalist Alia Youssef told The Media Line that Griffith “found himself in a war with the political parties.

What have the UN envoys achieved?

Griffiths was able to return the parties to the conflict to the dialogue table in 2018, in Stockholm, after a break of more than two years.

Political writer Salem Hafeez said Griffiths came the closest to building the parties’ confidence in accepting a comprehensive political dialogue that guarantees everyone satisfaction of their claims, by virtue of his own international acceptance and his previous relationship with the member states of the Security Council.

However, Hafeez added, Griffiths was unable to address sensitive political issues during his tenure and merely focused on building confidence between the parties, at the cost of failing to pressure them to discuss humanitarian, economic and political matters.

This was evident in the envoy’s soft language and his briefing in the Security Council, Hafeez said. “In the Yemen crisis, the envoy’s nationality, previous actions, and relationships do not matter as much as that he have a strong personality to assert his ideas, pressure [the parties] and disclose the [identity of the] obstructing parties.”

Hafeez opined that Benomar was the best of the three envoys and would have had greater success if he had the opportunity that Griffiths was given.

‘The world’s worst humanitarian crisis!’

“Three envoys and the worst world’s humanitarian crisis!” journalist Samah Lotf decried, adding that “the United Nations should consider appointing a fourth envoy to Yemen. =

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Both political settlement, military solution remain elusive in Yemen

US optimistic approach could fail to produce any viable solution to the conflict in the absence of real pressure on Yemeni warring parties.

The inconclusive military operations in Yemen’s Bayda province, south of the capital Sana’a and in the Marib province, east of the capital, have shown that there is no military solution to the violence that has been raging on in the country.

For seven years, without a political solution in sight, the Yemeni conflict has steadily exacerbated the dire humanitarian crisis in the country.

The Biden administration, however, has continued to show interest in launching a peace process in Yemen. Saudi Arabia has also proposed a ceasefire that was supported by Oman.

A Saudi diplomat said earlier this month there have been ongoing efforts, including direct Saudi-Houthi talks since 2019, to find a common ground.

However, despite all these efforts, the stalemate continued in the country, with no end in sight to the conflict

The US optimistic approach could however fail to produce any viable solution to the conflict in the absence of real pressure on Yemeni warring parties, especially the Houthi militias who seem content with the current stalemate.

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[Sanaa gov.] Deputy FM Hussein al-Ezzi: Peace can only be found after blockade is lifted

Yemen’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hussein al-Ezzi has exposed the “true enemy” that is hindering the peace process in Yemen.

“The road to honest and serious negotiations begins with the lifting of the blockade,” Deputy Foreign Minister Hussein al-Ezzi said in a statement.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Audio: The weaponisation of moderate Islam

Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with Annelle Sheline, a Research Fellow in the Middle East program at the Quincy Institute in Washington DC. The podcast focusses on the marketing of 'moderate Islam' as a propaganda weapon designed to convince the West and most importantly America that the authoritarian regimes that espouse it are bastions of tolerance and promulgators of shared values.

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Audio: Is Saudi Arabia a friend or foe? An interview with Annelle Sheline

Kelley and Dan talk to the Quincy Institute's Middle East expert Annelle Sheline about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's seeming efforts to "reform" the Kingdom's authoritarianism — and whether those efforts are real, or not. In the first segment, we reunite with our old Empire Has No Clothes comrade Matt Purple to discuss recent violence in our own hemisphere: the recent assassination in Haiti, protests in Cuba, and the U.S. role in both.

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The detained journalist, "Yazid Al-Fifi"...the authority continues to hide the voice of the reformists

The Saudi authority continues its approach of concealing the voices calling for reform and fighting corruption and repression. Since April 2019, journalist Yazid Al-Fifi has been in the prisons of the authority, because of his expression of his opinion in criticizing corruption and the spread of poverty. Al-Fifi is among the prominent personalities who demanded many times to stop injustice and corruption and fight poverty, to fall victim to government repression. The Saudi authority arrested a group of activists during April 2019, including journalist Yazid

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Saudi Arabia resumes tourist entries into the kingdom starting 1st August 2021.

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Films: Deprived by #AntiShia #Saudi Clan Regime from building a mosque or a gathering place, #Shia #Arabs of #Madina gather in farm houses to celebrate #GhadeerDayOfIslam with speeches & poetry.

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Saudi Arabia threatens 3-year travel ban for citizens who visit "red list" states

Saudi Arabia will impose a three-year travel ban on citizens travelling to countries on the kingdom's 'red list' under efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus and its new variants, state news agency SPA said on Tuesday.

Comment: #Saudi bans every traveller for three years who has traveled to a red-listed country...that means the UAE - it looks like Riyadh and Abu Dhabi are heading for further escalation after #MbS & #MbZ talks over #Yemen failed to generate results last week

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Saudi Arabia demands sacking and expulsion of Yemeni migrant workers in Jizan

Saudi authorities have taken new arbitrary measures against Yemeni expatriates living in the kingdom. This was reported by Yemen News portal, based on well-informed sources.

According to the sources, the Saudi authorities gave Saudi citizens in Jizan areas on the southern side of Riyadh four months to lay off their Yemeni migrant workers.

Saudi Arabia’s arbitrary measure requires the replacement of workers of other nationalities to replace the Yemenis, the sources said.


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Saudi universities dismiss over 100 Yemen academics

The main universities in southern Saudi Arabia have dismissed 106 Yemeni academics after a decision was made to terminate their contracts without prior notice.

According to the Yemen News Portal citing media reports, a directive has demanded that the institutions in the provinces of Baha, Jizan, Najran and Asir be given only four months to terminate all contracts with Yemeni nationals working in those areas, which are close to the border with Yemen, where the kingdom has been waging a devastating war since 2015.

The layoffs will have a significant financial impact on Yemeni families across the bord

Al-Quds Al-Arabi, which has obtained a copy of the official notification, reported that once their contracts are terminated, the Yemeni academics face an end to their sponsorship and deportation, which will see them replaced with Saudi citizens or those of other nationalities.

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Pressure mounts on Saudi Arabia to free prisoner whose release has already been ordered by court

Human rights organisation Rights Radar has on Monday called on the Saudi authorities to release a Yemeni citizen who has been detained in Al-Shumaisi prison in the holy city of Mecca since two years ago, despite a ruling for his release.

referring to

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Film: Homeless mother of 3 in #Saudi #Arabia lives on the street while #Saudi Clan steals billions in public funds

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp9a

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The Forever Wars Aren’t Ending. They’re Just Being Rebranded.

The president is pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan. But many will be headed to other war zones where America’s military grinds on.

After 18 years of illegal warfare, corruption, and untold numbers of innocent people killed or made into refugees, the U.S. combat mission in Iraq will be declared finished—for the third time. Sort of. This week, President Joe Biden said that the United States is “not going to be, by the end of the year, in a combat mission” in Iraq. The 2,500 U.S. soldiers officially staged there—almost certainly an undercount, as military leaders tend to fudge deployment numbers and reorganize troops under intelligence authorities or noncombat roles so as to disguise the scale of our overseas footprint—will be moving on.

But they won’t necessarily be going home, or even leaving the region. The change in status, while pleasing to anti-war advocates and to Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi, who met with Biden this week, is mostly a distinction without a difference. The U.S. will be moving into an “advise-and-assist role,” as it’s euphemistically described, providing many of the same services it does now. According to ABC News, “the change in mission is more of a semantic one, and the number of U.S. troops in Iraq will not dramatically differ as they shift their emphasis to training and assisting.” U.S. soldiers will be doing “the exact same things they’re already doing, just fewer doing it,” said Wesley Morgan, author of a book about America’s war in Afghanistan.

The forever wars don’t seem to end, they just molt into their next iteration, as assets are shuffled around, missions rebranded, and local allies reassured that we are there to “advise and assist” for as long as is needed. Relying heavily on special forces, intelligence resources, contractors, and unmatched air power, the U.S. continues to be involved in conflicts in Syria, Somalia, Libya, Niger, and other undeclared war zones.

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U.S. Special Envoy for Yemen Lenderking’s Return from Saudi Arabia

U.S. Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking returned from travel to Saudi Arabia today. Lenderking met with senior officials from the Republic of Yemen and Saudi governments, the Gulf Cooperation Council, the international community, and the UN Special Envoy’s Office.

During this trip, Lenderking called for an end to the stalemated fighting in Marib and across Yemen, which have only increased the suffering of the Yemeni people. He expressed concern that the Houthis continue to refuse to engage meaningfully on a ceasefire and political talks and stressed that only through a durable agreement between the Yemeni parties can the dire humanitarian crisis in the country be reversed.

During his meetings, Lenderking called for the Republic of Yemen Government and Southern Transitional Council to come together to improve services and stabilize the economy.

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Yemeni PM, US Envoy Discuss Consequences of Houthi Escalation


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GCC Head, U.S. Special Envoy for Yemen: Houthi Ongoing Attacks Against Saudi Arabia Constitutes Flagrant Violation of International Law

Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for Arab States, Dr. Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf, received here Thursday the U.S. Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking.
During the meeting, they reviewed the latest developments in Yemen

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‘Karma works’: Donald Trump ally Tom Barrack fights criminal charges over UAE ties

Case opens a window on freewheeling diplomacy as president’s associates stood in for officials

Barrack, the 74-year-old Lebanese-American founder of Colony Capital, is now fighting a charge of acting as an illegal agent of the UAE, among other criminal allegations.

The case opens a window on to a period of freewheeling American diplomacy that coincided with efforts by the UAE and other Middle Eastern nations to gain influence in the US after years of testy relations with the Obama administration. It also reveals the extent to which wealthy Trump acolytes may have exerted a hidden influence on US foreign relations — possibly, in Barrack’s case, with the foreknowledge of the UAE’s de facto ruler, Abu Dhabi crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan.

Prosecutors accused Barrack of trying to install candidates favoured by Abu Dhabi in key US diplomatic positions and abuse his access to officials in Washington to win backing for Emirati priorities.

Mark Vandevelde in New York and Andrew England in London JULY 27 2021 Print this page Middle East updates Sign up to myFT Daily Digest to be the first to know about Middle East news. Soon after Donald Trump barred refugees and many Muslims from entering the US in the opening days of his administration, the financier Tom Barrack appeared on television to try to calm the country’s nerves. Barrack had been a critical early backer of Trump’s long-shot candidacy, promoting him at the 2016 Republican convention and helping to raise tens of millions of dollars for the campaign. Now, in January 2017, he was trying to explain what had already become a divisive presidency. “[Trump] was elected because [a] segment of America is fed up with the consistency and transparency of the elitists,” said Barrack, a private-equity investor who had sold the future president a $400m hotel in the 1980s. As for the travel ban, “the only way to end radicalism is to help ‘good’ Islam”, he said. The interview appeared to please the government of the United Arab Emirates, a wealthy Gulf state whose citizens were exempt from Trump’s sweeping travel restrictions. “Wow that’s exactly what I wanted,” said an Emirati who acted as an intermediary for his country’s top leaders, in a text message to one of Barrack’s top aides, according to US authorities. Barrack, the 74-year-old Lebanese-American founder of Colony Capital, is now fighting a charge of acting as an illegal agent of the UAE, among other criminal allegations. He and his top aide Matthew Grimes, who was also charged, pleaded not guilty on Monday in a federal court in New York. Matthew Grimes, centre, arrives at a federal court in New York on Monday © Bloomberg Afterwards Barrack vowed to prove his innocence, adding: “The Statue of Liberty . . . is made of steel with a patina of copper. We’re in the middle of a very heated moment and I can only tell you that the hardest steel is forged from the hottest fire.” The case opens a window on to a period of freewheeling American diplomacy that coincided with efforts by the UAE and other Middle Eastern nations to gain influence in the US after years of testy relations with the Obama administration. It also reveals the extent to which wealthy Trump acolytes may have exerted a hidden influence on US foreign relations — possibly, in Barrack’s case, with the foreknowledge of the UAE’s de facto ruler, Abu Dhabi crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan. The text message that Grimes received in January 2017, detailed in an indictment unsealed in federal court last week, was one of more than a dozen exchanges in which Barrack is alleged to have co-ordinated media appearances with the UAE and lobbied in Washington on behalf of the country’s officials. Prosecutors accused Barrack of trying to install candidates favoured by Abu Dhabi in key US diplomatic positions and abuse his access to officials in Washington to win backing for Emirati priorities. The alleged crimes are “nothing short of a betrayal of . . . officials in the United States, including the former president”, said Mark Lesko, a US Department of Justice attorney who leads its national security division.

The Barrack case has implications for other senior figures in finance, business and real estate whom Trump leaned on to perform roles typically entrusted to career diplomats and political appointees. Elliott Broidy, a 63-year-old financier who last year pleaded guilty to lobbying on behalf of Beijing for the extradition of a Chinese dissident, received a pardon from Trump. But few others can expect clemency if convicted while Joe Biden is president.

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Biden’s Yemen Peace Initiative at a Crossroads

President Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken showed from their first week in office a strong desire to end Yemen conflict.

Lenderking’s Roadmap

Appearing to have been distilled from conversations with all sides of the conflict rather than a preconceived, precisely mapped out strategy, Lenderking’s plan starts with a focus on achieving a ceasefire in Marib, the resource-rich region the Houthis have been trying to occupy for months. If successful, this could lead to a nationwide ceasefire that can in turn open a national dialogue over the future of Yemen and its relations with its neighbors. As a parallel track to his diplomatic efforts, the American envoy wants to ensure Yemeni access to international humanitarian assistance that has been hampered by the Saudi-imposed siege around Yemen’s ports and the Houthis’ total control of the distribution of foreign aid in areas under their authority.

Lenderking’s efforts face some stumbling blocks inherited from Griffiths’ recently-ended mediation attempts such as the Houthis’ desire to control Marib’s economic resources and to access the outside world via normal air and sea routes.

Diplomatic Policy Options

Understanding conflict dynamics is critical to a successful attempt to end it. This includes awareness of the goals of warring parties and their chances of achieving those goals through the use of force. But the war in Yemen has practically stalemated since the first year of the conflict. With the exception of Marib—where moving the frontlines, though difficult, is still possible in either direction—most fronts have not witnessed any meaningful gains or losses of ground for the past several years. Marib, though a strategic prize for any side that secures its central location and oil and gas platforms, may only be won by the Houthis after several more months and several hundred more casualties among their fighters. For those fighting under the banner of President Hadi, the challenge is to unify their diverse forces and follow a single strategy—something that has thus far proven a tall order. The highest casualties of the fighting will continue to be among the civilians and the internally displaced people in and around Marib city.

Given the dangerous implications of continued fighting in Yemen, it is imperative that the situation not be allowed to deteriorate further

The full range of interests and desires of all warring parties in Yemen, national and regional, cannot be accommodated if peace is to be achieved. The international implications of continued war threaten both the regional and international balance of power.

The United States Can Still Help

Lenderking’s mission to help arrive at a peaceful resolution to Yemen’s long war must continue, with the envoy providing useful and necessary ideas and participating in regional efforts like those by Oman. The Biden Administration has already expressed its displeasure in how its friends and partners have conducted themselves in Yemen by limiting American assistance and weapons supplies. It has also continued to provide much needed humanitarian aid to alleviate Yemenis’ suffering. To be sure, Washington must persist despite all the stumbling blocks hindering its efforts because it is, at least partly, morally responsible for addressing Yemen’s instability and the danger that represents to the Red Sea and larger region – by Nabeel A. Khoury

My comment: Too optimistic and largeley neglecting the US totally malign role in the Middle East.

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Congress Tried To Force Trump to End the Yemen War. Now They’ll Have To Do the Same With Biden.

Activists say it’s not enough to trust Biden’s promises to end U.S. support for the war: Congress must compel him.

But activists say they don’t want members of Congress to merely ask: They want them to legislate, like they did under President Trump. During Trump’s tenure, members of Congress led multiple efforts to invoke the 1973 War Powers Act — passed in the aftermath of the Vietnam war — to force an end to the U.S. role in the Yemen war. The Act says that Congress can compel a president to withdraw from a conflict if Congress has not formally declared or authorized the war (which the United States did not in Yemen’s case).

“U.S. involvement in this war was illegal when it began under the Obama administration, illegal when it continued through Trump’s presidency, and illegal now during Biden’s presidency,” Shireen Al-Adeimi, a Yemeni-American organizer and a board member of advocacy organization Just Foreign Policy, tells In These Times. Democrats should not rely on ​“Biden’s promises to end this illegal and inhumane war,” she argues. (Disclosure: Al-Adeimi is a contributor to In These Times.)

The leaders of the Trump-era War Powers Resolution — Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Chris Murphy and Rep. Ro Khanna — have so far declined to take similar action under Biden. But there are indicators the leadership could come from elsewhere.

On a July 27 call with the anti-war organization CODEPINK, Rep. ​​Pramila Jayapal (D‑Wash.) mentioned a possible threat of a Yemen War Powers Resolution in the context of a previous Congressional Progressive Caucus fight to structure the rules at the beginning of the new Congress. ​“If the administration were not to do what we think is necessary to stop the blockade in Yemen, as an example, we would then be able to bring up a privileged War Powers Resolution for a vote,” said Jayapal, who is the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC). The remarks followed a classified briefing earlier on July 27 attended by several members of the CPC and Sen. Warren. Among them was Rep. Ilhan Omar (D‑Minn.), who took to Twitter to speak out against the Saudi-led blockade.

Activists, some of whom are watching their family and loved ones back in Yemen suffer under harrowing conditions, want lawmakers to take action soon — and aggressively.

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US Moves To Shield Secrets In Saudi Spy Case In Canada

US officials are intervening in a Canadian lawsuit involving a former Saudi spymaster, documents show, a rare move in a complex legal battle that threatens to blow the lid on sensitive undercover work.

Saad Aljabri, a former intelligence czar exiled in Canada, is embroiled in a bitter royal feud between ousted former crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef (MBN) and current de facto ruler Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS).

Aljabri, long associated with covert Saudi-US counterterrorism operations, claimed last year in a sensational American lawsuit that in 2018 MBS sent a kill squad to assassinate him, while detaining two of his children.

In counter lawsuits in the US and Canada, a slew of Saudi-owned companies accused Aljabri of embezzling billions while working on covert operations under MBN, his former patron who is in detention after being deposed as heir to the throne in a 2017 palace coup.

The legal drama exposes the power plays within the secretive royal family.

But court documents show Washington is also in a bind as it seeks to protect national security secrets without jettisoning long-time ally Aljabri, who needs to produce the evidence of his intelligence collaboration to shore up his defence.

Washington could invoke the "state secrets privilege", which would allow it to resist a court-ordered disclosure of sensitive information in the US, legal experts say.

But the US has no such direct influence over Canadian courts.

In a letter to Aljabri's lawyer seen by AFP, the Justice Department's attorney urged him to "postpone all filings" before an Ontario court until September 30 to allow Washington time to consider measures to protect its interests.

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Ilhan Omar calls for halt to Tunisia security aid and end to Saudi blockade of Yemen

US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar on Tuesday urged Washington to halt aid to Tunisia after this week's "coup" and end its support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen during a classified briefing at the White House.

The Somali-American Congresswoman will introduce a bill to make it illegal for the US to arm countries which are committing human rights abuses. If passed, it could impact on weapons' sales to parties involved in the Yemen war, including Saudi Arabia.

Omar tweeted: "Saudi blockade of Yemen's major airport and seaport is causing [a] humanitarian crisis and must be lifted."

The Muslim politician continued: "I will be introducing a bill today to make it illegal for the US to continue to arm human rights abusers."


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Albukhaiti to Chargé d’Affaires for the U.S. Embassy to Yemen: Houthis are similar to AQAP and ISIS

]Anti-Houthi] Yemeni political commentator Ali Albukhaiti met Tuesday with Chargé d’Affaires for the U.S. Embassy to Yemen Cathy Westley in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, where they talked about the war and the current crisis in Yemen.

During the meeting, Mr. Albukhaiti explained to Cathy Westley how the Iran-backed Houthi rebels took advantage of the decision of the Biden Administration to revoke the Houthi designation as a terrorist group, which Albukhaiti believes has emboldened the group to launch a wide-scale offensive on Marib and escalate the military situation in different fronts.”

Albukhaiti said on Twitter he told Cathy Westley that he wonders why “the U.S. and the West have double standards” when it comes to designating terrorist groups.

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CDA Martina Strong enjoyed visiting the #Sustainable Innovations Product Dev company @sinnovsa the creators of many innovative products fully made in KSA & hearing about their goal to build a knowledge-based economy that is more self-sufficient, helping make #Vision2030 a reality (photos)

Comment: #US top diplomat reaffirms support to #Saudi strongman #MBS #vision2030 putting an end of any speculations on the so-called “recalibration”

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@RepDebDingell introduces amendment that will ground the Saudi air force if they continue blockading #Yemen!

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Hold the UAE Accountable for Meddling in US Politics

Letting the Emirates go unpunished sends the wrong signal to perpetrators of foreign influence operations.

During the Trump administration, the UAE’s covert influence operations continued as both the UAE and Saudi Arabia sought to turn the U.S. against their blockaded rival Qatar. The UAE sought to smear Doha’s reputation through it’s extraordinary legal influence operation, as well as several secret campaigns that included paying for think tank events critical of the Qataris and funding a $2.5 million covert campaign run by George Nader and Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy to convince members of Congress to take a tough stance on Qatar. In this Qatar smear campaign Broidy worked closely with Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), who became a registered foreign agent after leaving Congress in 2019.

Beyond Congress and the White House, the UAE has also been garnering influence in D.C. by furtively funding think tanks. The UAE “secretly” donated $20 million to a D.C. think tank that has been decidedly uncritical of the Emiratis, and went on to hire a scholar with close ties to the UAE Ambassador, Yousef Otaiba, who facilitated the donation.

What has the U.S. government done to punish the Emirati government for repeatedly engaging in these illicit influence campaigns? In short, nothing. The individuals directly involved—like Tom Barrack and George Nader—have been indicted, but no U.S. official has even publicly chastised the UAE Ambassador Yousef Otaiba or Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed for their role in engineering these covert foreign influence operations.

By not holding the UAE accountable for illegally meddling in American politics, the U.S. is sending a clear message to other would-be malign foreign actors: you can secretly undermine the U.S. political system without fear of reprisal.

To disrupt this toxic environment that only emboldens foreign interference in American democracy, the UAE must be held to account for these myriad transgressions. For starters, the Biden administration should issue a statement decrying the UAE’s actions and, at the very least, let the Emirati government know that they can not continue to undermine U.S. politics without consequences. Second, and much more likely to get the Emiratis’ attention, the U.S. government should cancel the proposed $23 billion sale of combat aircraft, armed drones, bombs, and missiles to the UAE.

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No. 2 US diplomat thanks Oman for mediating peace, says Yemen war must end

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US envoy visits Saudi Arabia as Yemen war heats up

Houthi wins in Marib and Al Bayda could deal a death blow to Yemen’s internationally recognised government

US President Joe Biden's point-man on Yemen arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for talks on a Houthi rebel offensive in oil-rich Marib province that could be a make-or-break battle in the seven-year war.

Washington’s envoy to Yemen, Tim Lenderking, touched down in the kingdom for talks with Saudi and Yemeni officials to boost work towards a peace deal with Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi rebel movement.

“Special Envoy Lenderking will discuss the growing consequences of the Houthi offensive on Marib, which is exacerbating the humanitarian crisis and triggering instability elsewhere in the country,” the State Department said.

He will also “address the urgent need for efforts … to stabilise Yemen’s economy and to facilitate the timely import of fuel to northern Yemen, and the need for the Houthis to end their manipulation of fuel imports and prices inside of Yemen".

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US condemns Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia, calls for negotiations to end Yemen war

The United States Monday condemned the latest Houthi attack on Saudi Arabia after the Iran-backed militia fired drones and ballistic missiles at the Kingdom.

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In the face of a brutal Houthi offensive on Marib and an economic crisis, the threat of famine in #Yemen continues to grow. #USEnvoyYemen spoke with @WFPChief today about the urgent need for additional humanitarian funding, building on the generous pledge today from #Qatar.

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Yemen Can’t Wait and Neither Should We

Yemen is not just starving, it is being starved. The country is home to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis as a direct result of six years of war and an air, sea, and land blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia.

While the Biden administration has taken some important initial steps in its first six months to end U.S. complicity in this crisis, key aspects of support for Saudi operations remain. These include military advising for anti-Houthi operations in Yemen and maintenance for Saudi war planes.

With no end in sight to the war and blockade on Yemen, it’s time for Congress to take action through new legislation. It has a critical opportunity to do so during consideration of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), slated for votes on the House floor in September. Members of Congress should use this opportunity to pass amendments to prohibit all U.S. military support and weapons sales for the Saudi-led coalition’s war and blockade on Yemen.

For this to happen, it’s imperative that constituents tell their representatives they want their government to end all support for the Saudi-led war and blockade and prevent more Yemenis from being pushed into famine. People without access to food, fuel, water, and medicine can’t wait any longer. Neither should Congress.

cp9a USA-Iran Krise: Spannungen am Golf / US-Iran crisis: Tensions at the Gulf

Siehe / Look at cp9

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Friedens-Schalmeien am Persischen Golf

Die Erzfeinde Iran und Saudi-Arabien sprechen wieder miteinander. Tauschen sie demnächst auch Botschafter aus?

Mohammed bin Salman, der im Jemen vor sechs Jahren einen Bombenkrieg begann und den iranischen Revolutionsführer Khamenei mit Hitler verglich, ist neuerdings ganz handzahm, wenn er vom grossen Rivalen am Persischen Golf spricht: Natürlich wolle man hervorragende Beziehungen zum Nachbarn und wünsche Iran das Beste.

Was für ein Interesse aber kann Iran an Entspannung haben? Vom Jemen über Irak bis Libanon unterstützt das Regime in Teheran schiitische Milizen und rechtfertigt diese Mobilisierung mit einer angeblich dauerhaften Bedrohungslage

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Germany signals growing impatience with Iran on nuclear deal

Germany’s foreign minister is signaling growing impatience with Iran, saying that a revival of the country’s frayed nuclear accord with world powers won’t be possible “forever,” a German magazine reported Friday.

The last round of talks ended in Vienna on June 20. No date has been set for a new meeting.

“I am seeing with growing unease that Iran is delaying the resumption of the Vienna nuclear talks on the one hand, and on the other hand it is simultaneously moving further and further away from core elements of the agreement,” news weekly Der Spiegel quoted German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas as saying.

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U.S. Plans Sanctions Against Iran’s Drones and Guided Missiles

Western security officials say they view Iranian precision-strike capabilities as a bigger immediate threat than nuclear enrichment and ballistic missiles (subscribers only)

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Israel beschuldigt Iran nach tödlicher Attacke auf Öl-Tanker

Zwei Crewmitglieder starben vor der Küste Omans bei einem Angriff auf ein Schiff, das von der Firma eines israelischen Milliardärs betrieben wird. Israel vermutet dahinter seinen Erzfeind – und drängt auf eine scharfe Reaktion.

Nach einem tödlichen Angriff auf ein Schiff im Norden des Indischen Ozeans hat Israel den Widersacher Iran scharf attackiert. Das Schiff wird von der britischen Firma Zodiac Maritime verwaltet. Vorsitzender der Zodiac-Gruppe ist der israelische Geschäftsmann Ejal Ofer. »Iran ist nicht nur ein israelisches Problem, sondern ein Exporteur von Terror, Zerstörung und Instabilität, die uns allen schaden«, schrieb Außenminister Jair Lapid in der Nacht auf Samstag auf Twitter.

Bei dem Angriff am Donnerstag waren laut Zodiac Maritime zwei Mitglieder der Crew getötet worden, eine Person aus Großbritannien und eine aus Rumänien. Die »New York Times« berichtete unter Berufung auf israelische Quellen, es sehe danach aus, dass der Angriff von mehreren unbemannten iranischen Drohnen ausgeführt worden sei.

und auch

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Ship tied to Israeli billionaire attacked off Oman, 2 killed

An attack on an oil tanker linked to an Israeli billionaire killed two crew members off Oman in the Arabian Sea, authorities said Friday, marking the first fatalities after years of assaults targeting shipping in the region.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the Thursday night raid on the Liberian-flagged tanker Mercer Street. However, a U.S. official said it appears a so-called suicide drone was used in the attack, raising the possibility that a government or a militia group was behind it. Without providing evidence, Israeli officials alleged that Iran carried out the attack.

The U.S. Navy rushed to the scene following the attack and was escorting the tanker to a safe harbor, a London-based ship management company said Friday.

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US Navy says drone strike hit oil tanker off Oman, killing 2

U.S. Navy explosive experts believe a “drone strike” targeted an oil tanker that came under attack off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea, killing two on board, the American military said Saturday.

The strike Thursday night on the oil tanker Mercer Street marks the first-known fatal attack after years of assaults on commercial shipping in the region linked to tensions with Iran over its tattered nuclear deal. While no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, Israeli officials alleged Tehran launched the drone strike.

While Iran did not directly acknowledge the attack, the strike comes as Tehran now appears poised to take an even tougher approach with the West as the country prepares to inaugurate a hard-line protégé of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as president.


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Two killed in alleged Iranian drone attack on Israeli-managed ship

“The Iranians attacked the ship with an unmanned aircraft. An innocent ship with innocent dead," an unnamed Israeli official has told Channel 13.

Two mariners were killed in an alleged Iranian drone attack on a ship managed by Israeli businessman Eyal Ofer's shipping company in the Northern Indian Ocean on Thursday night, Channel 13 reported.

The allegation that Iran used a drone to attack the vessel was made by an unnamed Israeli official on Channel 13. “There is an Iranian terrorist attack here, two innocent people were killed,” said the anonymous source, “The Iranians attacked the ship with an unmanned aircraft. An innocent ship with innocent dead. "

According to Iranian news outlet al-Alam, the attack was in response to an alleged Israeli airstrike which targeted the Dabaa military airport in the Homs governorate of northwestern Syria.


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Deadly attack on Israel-linked tanker is major escalation - analysis

The recent attack on the oil tanker off the coast of Oman included the use of sophisticated drones and led to the death of two crewmen, which is a significant escalation in the covert naval conflict.

The attack on the Mercer Street tanker off the coast of Oman is a major escalation in an ongoing series of attacks on shipping that have increased this year. The ship is reportedly operated by Zodiac Maritime and reports say a UK and Romanian crewmember were killed. The attack may have been carried out by a drone. Pro-Iran forces have used drones to attack US forces in Iraq, and Iran has trafficked drones and drone technology to the Houthis in Yemen, Hamas, Hezbollah and Iraqi militias. Iran has also used drones to try to attack Israel in February 2018 and May 2021 from Syria.

The incident in the Gulf of Oman or Arabian Sea, which is the same area, was apparently carried out by a kind of kamikaze drone. Iran has used these types of drones, sometimes called Ababil or Qasef when they are assembled by the Houthis in Yemen. Devices found in drones used by pro-Iran groups to attack Saudi Arabia and other countries in Yemen and other places have been linked to Iran in the past. For instance, these include gyroscopes on Shahed 123 drones. In May and June 2019 Iran also allegedly used mines to strike at six ships in the Gulf of Oman, badly damaging one. In prior incidents no one has been killed.

This year, Iran-Israel tensions have grown and there have been reports of attacks on several ships linked to Israel.

and also


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What does Iran's use of drones against ships mean for the future?

If Iran has reached a new level of precision drone strikes and is using them against shipping in deadly attacks, this is a major milestone.

Tensions are mounting between Israel and Iran after a ship was attacked off the coast of Oman on Friday.

That same day, Israel’s Foreign Minister slammed Iran on Friday as an exporter of terrorism, destruction, instability and a threat to freedom of navigation. Pro-Iran social media accounts and a report from Al-Alam TV has said Iran carried out the attack on the ship in response to an airstrike in Syria that Iran blames on Israel.

What matters is that Iran relies on drones to threaten enemies around the region, usually by transferring the drones to proxies and allies such as Hamas, the Houthis, Hezbollah and Iraqi militias.

The reported use of numerous drones against the Mercer Street could mark a new era in the Middle East and a major red line as drones are being used against ships. Using several drones to precisely target parts of the ship, such as the bridge or living quarters, may indicate advanced surveillance and intelligence.

Iran may be signaling that it will strike using drones at sea in deadly attacks in what it claims are responses to Israeli strikes in Syria or elsewhere.

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Film: Who's Behind Instability in the Middle East?

The Middle East has suffered immensely from civil wars, especially in the decade following the Arab Spring. Hundreds of thousands have died, millions have fled from their homes, and untold numbers have been subjected to poverty and repression in places from Libya to Iraq and Syria to Yemen. American policymakers have attempted to blame the chaos on “malign activities” by U.S. rivals, but a new paper by Matthew Petti and Trita Parsi, “No Clean Hands: The Interventions of Middle Eastern Powers, 2010-2020,” suggests that the picture is more complicated. U.S. partners and allies are behind many of the region’s proxy interventions and have gotten increasingly aggressive in recent years. And they have fought each other as much as they have fought against U.S. rivals. How will — or should — this reality impact U.S. policy, since five out of the six most interventionist states in the region are armed and politically supported by the United States? And what leverage does Washington have to roll back the malign activities of regional powers — friends and enemies alike?

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Iran’s supreme leader criticizes US as nuclear talks stalled

Iran’s supreme leader on Wednesday called the U.S. “stubborn” in stalled nuclear talks in Vienna for discussing Tehran’s missiles and regional influence, likely signaling more trouble ahead for the negotiations.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s remarks come as his hard-line protege, President-elect Ebrahim Raisi, is poised to be sworn in next week as the head of the country’s civilian government.

While Raisi has said he wants to return to the tattered nuclear deal, which saw Iran limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions, Khamenei seemingly called for a more adversarial approach in his remarks. The supreme leader also appeared to describe outgoing President Hassan Rouhani’s eight-year government as naive for its approach in reaching the 2015 agreement — even as Rouhani and his Cabinet sat before him in a farewell meeting.

“Others should use your experiences. This experience is a distrust of the West,” Khamenei said in remarks broadcast by state television. “In this government, it was shown up that trust in the West does not work.”

He added: “Westerners do not help us, they hit wherever they can.”

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Biden isn’t withdrawing troops from Iraq, he’s relabeling their mission

The move only serves to reinforce America’s forever wars.

Many of the militia groups he now struggles to control initially assembled to fight the so-called Islamic State, or Daesh, starting in 2014. The Popular Mobilization Forces, or al-Ḥashd ash-Shaʿbī, many of whose fighters are Iraqi Shi’a, were supported by both the U.S. and Iran to defeat the Islamic State. The mobilization of these militias would not have been necessary if Paul Bremer and the Pentagon had not made the foolish decision to disband Iraq’s military following the U.S. invasion in 2003, as Iraq would still have possessed a functional army.

Washington clearly bears significant responsibility for the ongoing instability and dysfunction in Iraq, a fact that the announcement of $155 million in additional humanitarian aid for Iraq seems implicitly to acknowledge. Yet the U.S. military has consistently botched its missions in Iraq — keeping them in the country is in the interests of neither Americans nor Iraqis.

Renaming the stated goal of U.S. troops in Iraq will have little effect on their vulnerability to attack. Iraqi militia groups determined to evict U.S. troops from their country are increasingly acting without or against orders from Tehran. Ironically, Iran’s control of Iraqi militia groups unraveled following the assassination of Quds Force Commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Attacks on American forces have increased at a time when Tehran and Washington are attempting to negotiate a mutual return to the 2015 nuclear deal.

Announcing a troop withdrawal when no troops are in fact to be withdrawn reinforces a broader alarming trend in the forever wars — finding ways to keep American soldiers perpetually deployed, despite the public’s desire for the United States to prioritize investment at home over violence abroad.

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Iran claims arrest of spy group linked to Israel’s Mossad

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Iraqi militias grow in power as Iran’s military strongman proves too weak

Esmail Qaani – successor to the assassinated Qassem Suleimani as Quds chief – lacks authority to stop attacks on US targets, sources say

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Iran’s support for militias must be included in nuclear deal talks: GCC chief

Iran’s support for militias in the region should be included in ongoing talks in Vienna and the meetings should not be limited to only reviving the nuclear deal, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary-General Nayef bin Falah al-Hajraf said at a virtual Gulf Research Meeting on Saturday.
Iran’s interference in the internal affairs of other countries poses a threat to the region and is a matter of concern, he said.

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AP Interview: Premier: Iraq doesn’t need US combat troops

Iraq’s prime minister says his country no longer requires American combat troops to fight the Islamic State group, but a formal time frame for their redeployment will depend on the outcome of talks with U.S. officials this week.

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The phoniness of opposition to the Iran nuclear agreement

Arguments against the JCPOA only become comprehensible only when one understands that nuclear nonproliferation is not their goal.

The negotiations, currently in hiatus, to restore compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — known familiarly as the Iran nuclear deal — have elicited opposition arguments that are stale and dated. Many of those arguments not only suffer from a deficiency of logic but also ignore what is now a substantial empirical record of what happens with and without the JCPOA. That record constitutes what social scientists would call a natural experiment.

The consequences of not having the JCPOA have been demonstrated both by what was happening in the years leading up to the negotiation and implementation of the JCPOA, and what has happened since the Trump administration renounced the agreement in 2018. Before the agreement, Iran’s enrichment of uranium had proceeded to a point where most estimates of the “breakout time” required for Iran to build a nuclear weapon if it chose to do so were down to only a couple of months.

The JCPOA changed all that, with Iran giving up 97 percent of its enriched uranium, gutting a nuclear reactor, and taking other steps required under the agreement to close all possible paths to a nuclear weapon. Iran complied with these requirements, as certified by the International Atomic Energy Agency, during the three years the agreement was fully in effect and even for another year after the Trump administration reneged on U.S. obligations.

Since then, with the United States still in noncompliance, Iran has resumed much of its nuclear activity from before the agreement. It has now amassed a stockpile of low-enriched uranium more than a dozen times larger than what it had under the JCPOA, as well as enriching to higher concentrations of fissile material. A chart depicting how the size of Iran’s supply of enriched uranium has changed over the past decade and a half says it all.

In the face of this evidence — hard evidence from actual experience, not speculation or fanciful scenarios — those determined to kill the JCPOA have thrown various types of mud on the wall to see if any of it sticks. Some of their arguments merely repeat what they said years ago, when the JCPOA and an earlier preliminary agreement were first being negotiated, while ignoring the compelling record of the intervening years.

Many of their arguments misrepresent that record or the JCPOA itself, such as in accusing Iran of noncompliance – by Paul R. Pillar

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Huge: The Saudi Kingdom will send an envoy to the swearing-in ceremony of Ebrahim Raisi in early August, an informed source tells Etemad Daily. The two sides will also reopen their embassies soon

referring to

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The modern history of Iran and the birth of the Shia proxy model

This chapter provides a short history of contemporary Iran and outlines the challenges that the Iranian Islamist regime poses from an American perspective. The evolution of Iranian foreign policy behavior is tracked through Tehran’s posturing over the last 42 years during a number of military conflicts where Iran has either been a direct participant or an influential actor. It discusses the birth of the Hezbollah and Shia proxy model as well as the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. The chapter also identifies key domestic drivers that shape Iranian foreign policy and what this reality signals for Tehran’s future priorities on the regional and international stages.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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British ambassador says his mission in Yemen ends

Ambassador Michael Aron tweeted on Monday that his mission as UK envoy for Yemen would come to an end next week.

and also

and Aron’s (weak) statement.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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France Stresses Support for Saudi Initiative on Yemen, Condemns Houthi Attacks

France has stressed its support for the Saudi peace initiative in Yemen, and condemned the attacks targeting Saudi territories by Houthi militias, according to a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry following a meeting between Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian, in Paris.

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What is driving Saudi Arabia and Oman closer?

Regional stability, friction between Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and a mutual need for economic development all contribute to Saudi-Oman rapprochement

Within this context, Saudi Arabia is taking steps to improve its ties with neighboring Oman — a fellow Gulf Cooperation Council state whose relationship with Riyadh had also suffered in recent years. Tensions that built up between Saudi Arabia and Oman pertained to Muscat’s working relationship with Iran, Saudi conduct in parts of Yemen (chiefly al-Mahra, situated along Yemen’s Oman border), Omani concerns late in the reign of Sultan Qaboos that Riyadh would meddle in the Sultanate’s succession process, and other issues.

The visit paid by Oman’s new Sultan Haitham bin Tariq to Saudi Arabia this month was important to the bilateral relationship and will serve to further consolidate good ties between both monarchies in the post-Qaboos era.

War in Yemen

The Yemen conflict, which Saudi Arabia desperately wants to see wind down, is key to Riyadh’s desire to strengthen relations with Muscat and overcome the friction of previous years.

As the Houthi rebels continue to hit Saudi Arabia with increasingly technologically advanced weaponry that poses a dire threat to the Kingdom’s security and economy, Riyadh sees Muscat as a useful diplomatic bridge to the Houthis. Whereas earlier on in this conflict, Oman’s neutrality in Yemen was an irritant for Saudi Arabia and other Arab states in the anti-Houthi coalition, Riyadh now views the road to peace in Yemen as running through Oman. Although Muscat can’t swiftly or magically resolve the Yemen war on its own, the Sultanate has established itself as the only GCC state capable of playing a productive bridging role between the Houthis and Iran on one side and GCC and Western countries on the other.

To be sure, the Omanis are not acting as interlocutors between Riyadh and the Houthis for the sole reason of helping Saudi Arabia exit this bloody quagmire with a sense of security and dignity. Continuation of the Yemen crisis poses the gravest threat to Oman’s national security as well, especially considering the complex situation that has unfolded for years in al-Mahra. Therefore, reaching a political settlement in Yemen that can bring about a new Omani-Saudi understanding vis-à-vis eastern Yemen bodes well for Muscat’s interests in seeing the multiple and intersecting conflicts in Yemen wind down. In the words of the University of Exeter’s Marc Valeri, “Omani foreign policy is basically at the service of Omani political stability, and Omani political stability needs regional stability.”

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Influential voices in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and UAE celebrate Tunisia turmoil as blow to political Islam

referring to Washiington Post:


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This is a thread on Twitter manipulation around #Tunisia, where the current President is accused of instigating a coup. One Arabic trend translates as "Tunisians revolt against the Brotherhood". I analysed around 12000 tweets from 6800 unique accounts

The trend is interesting primarily because (regardless of what one thinks of #Tunisian politics or indeed, the Muslim Brotherhood), the Muslim Brotherhood has been the bogeyman for the UAE, Egypt and Saudi, and invoked to justify authoritarian and unconstitutional measures

Firstly, who is tweeting on the hashtag? Well network analysis shows it is mostly Emirate and Saudi influencers. The most retweeted and influential accounts are monther72, faljubairi and s_hm2030 and emarati_shield. See below for some screenshots.

Here you can see that those accounts former the most influential nodes within the hashtag

In addition to that, a corpus analysis of the locations indicate most of those tweeting or retweeting on the hashtag report their locations as in Saudi Arabia, Egypt or the United Arab Emirates

Now the big question of course. How much manipulation is there and is it effective? The short answer is yes, absolutely! The seventh most influential account (out of 6800) is @7__e7 - someone going by the name Fairuz. As you can see, their account seems quite spammy #Tunisia

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Hezbollah’s Activities in Support of Iran in Yemen

The first signs of Hezbollah’s shift to a regional posture in support of Iranian interests were structural and involved moving key personnel from positions focused on Israel to those involving Iraq, Yemen and Syria, said a report entitled 'Hezbollah’s Regional Activities in Support of Iran’s Proxy Networks' published on Monday, by the Washington-based Middle East Institute.
Hezbollah’s transformation into a regional actor is underscored by the assignment of key personnel from the group’s Southern Command along the border with Israel to new fronts around the region, including Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.
Even prior to the Syrian civil war, Hezbollah fighters began deploying around the region — albeit in much smaller numbers — to support Iranian objectives in places like Iraq, and later, Yemen.
In Yemen, too, the State Department explained, Hezbollah dispatched trusted and proven commanders “to provide training, materiel, and personnel” — alongside Iranian IRGC-QF officers — in support of Houthi rebels. According to the U.S. government, Khalil Harb, a former special operations commander and a close adviser to Nasrallah, oversaw Hezbollah’s activities in Yemen — managing the transfer of funds to the organization within the country — and travels to Tehran to coordinate them with Iranian officials.
Hezbollah also sent battle-hardened commanders like Abu Ali Tabtabai, a senior Hezbollah commander first sent from southern Lebanon where he faced off with Israeli forces in Syria, but was then quickly redeployed from there to Yemen to upgrade the Houthis’ guerilla tactics training program.

Rewport in full:

My remark: By a Saudi-financed think tank. For the author, look at And this is where he is working: and

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Film: #GCC clash is back again. #Qatar @AJArabic is airing an explosive documentary on UAE despotic leaders

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Canada approved deal to sell $74-million worth of explosives to Saudi Arabia

The federal government last year approved a deal with Canadian business connections for the sale of nearly $74-million of weapons to Saudi Arabia, even as there were calls for Canada to stop arms transactions with the Saudis, one of the main combatants fuelling the war in Yemen.

Global Affairs said in a report that Ottawa issued a brokering permit to a Canadian, or Canadian company, that sold $73.9-million worth of explosives to Saudi Arabia. The arms originated in France, according to the recently released 2020 Report on Exports of Military Goods from Canada.

In 2018, Parliament passed legislation giving Ottawa authority to regulate brokering of the sale or transfer of weapons or other restricted technology between two or more foreign countries when Canadians or Canadian companies are involved in the transaction. This means foreign weapons deals brokered by Canadians or Canadian companies located outside of the country require a brokering permit from Ottawa.

Ottawa discloses little about these transactions.

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#Houthis (Ansar Allah) released an video from #Asir Front. There are some quite noteable weapons including PKP Pecheneg GPMG, ZU-23-2 AA, 9M22M rocket —fired from 9P132 Grad-P pattern single-round launcher— and Tosan-1/9M113 Konkurs pattern ATGM (photos)

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Macron shamed over 'hypocritical' Yemen stance as spotlight turns onto EU arms sales

EMMANUEL Macron has been blasted over France's "hypocritical" stance on Yemen by human rights charity Amnesty International.

Amnesty International argues that by supply both the warring factions in Yemen, France has become an "accomplice" in the conflict.

Sarah Roussel from Amnesty told Euronews: "On one hand you have the minister of Foreign Affairs calling this a dirty war.

"And on the other hand, France is still exporting military weapons to the two main countries engaged in this conflict.

"So yes who can say that France is being hypocritical.

European failure to enforce international treaties and national law governing arms exports has been attacked by Green MEP Hannah Neumann.

She said: "The common position is legally binding, but at the moment, the European Union doesn't have any way to enforce it.

"It is the Member States that decide which kinds of licenses they give for arms export.

"But the systems in the member states are very different."

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

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Sana’a Calls on Sudanese to Withdraw from Yemen

[Sanaa gov.] Deputy Foreign Affairs in Sana’a National Salvation Government, Hussein Al-Ezzi, on Friday called on the Sudanese people to withdraw its soldiers from Yemen.

Al-Ezzi said on Twitter: “This an alert comes in appreciation of the brotherly Sudanese people’s place in our hearts and the intimate relations between two sides.”

“The Sudanese people realizes the need for its soldiers to restore their stolen lands, as they claim,” he added.

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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Audio: The Architecture of Yemen and its Reconstruction

In this video I read from a book titled The Architecture of Yemen and its Reconstruction, by Salma Samar Damluji, published by Laurence King.

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

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Yemenia Airways said Friday its planes will have to refuel in Djibouti as of tomorrow and until further notice due to fuel shortages in Aden.

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Yemen's local currency continues depreciation

Value of Yemen's local currency continued on Thursday to sharply decline against other foreign currencies across the country's provinces controlled by the internationally recognized government.

Banking sources told Xinhua that the exchange rate fell to 1,025 Yemeni riyals against one U.S. dollar in the local markets of the country's southern provinces for the first time, exacerbating the country's already dire humanitarian situation caused by the years-long military conflict.

They said that the devaluation of Yemen's riyal continued despite several financial measures taken by the central bank to curb the economic crisis that made many Yemenis unable to afford basic necessities, including food.

The sources confirmed that the value of Yemen's riyal also recorded a similar sharp decline against all other foreign currencies.

Last week, teams of Yemen's central bank carried out a wide inspection campaign against a number of financial institutions and also targeted speculators of the exchange rates in Aden.

Meanwhile, local citizens in Aden and other major cities complained about the skyrocketing prices of basic commodities due to the sharp foreign currency shortages as the war-torn Arab country imports 90% of its food supply.

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Yemen currency sinks to a second record low within a month

The US dollar has traded for 1015 Yemeni riyals as of Tuesday up from 1005 riyals last week and 960 riyals at the beginning of this July.

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Yemen central bank approves measures to address currency exchange rate disparities

Yemen’s central bank, headquartered in the temporary capital Aden, announced today, that it has taken measures to address the disparities in the exchange rate of the riyal’s value between the Houthi militia-controlled territories and liberated territories.

In a statement, the bank decided to pump big-size 1000 riyal banknotes to the market in all regions of the country and intensifying its circulation in the market and re-enforce its use in cash buying and selling transactions.

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Yemen's government doubles customs exchange rate to boost finances

Yemen's recognised government has doubled the U.S. dollar exchange rate used to calculate customs duties on non-essential goods in areas under its control effective Monday, a senior government official said, in a bid to shore up public finances.

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Mohammed al-Houthi condemns Saudi meddling in Yemeni currency exchange


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cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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UAE sends 6 Gitmo detainees to Yemen amid concerns

The United Arab Emirates has sent six Yemeni detainees who were first held at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and then in the Gulf Arab federation, to their home nation of Yemen, the families of the men and a government official said Thursday.

The transfer comes amid concerns that the former detainees could face significant dangers at home in Yemen, which is largely lawless after years of civil war. The men were held in detention for years in the UAE without charges, their families said.

According to the Yemeni official, the six landed earlier this week in Yemen’s eastern Hadramawt province. The detainees had undergone rehabilitation while in the UAE, the official said, adding that they would all be released and reunited with their families in the coming weeks.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the transfer with the media, said the men would continue to be monitored by Yemeni security.

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Today,pro-#AQAP accounts shared a new video that allegedly shows an AQAP fighter discussing the dangers posed by the Houthis in #Yemen. He claimed some "brothers" have been silent about this issue and/or responded inadequately to the Houthis.

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Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has published the names and photos of three of its personnel who have been "martyred" in Yemen: "Abu Dhar al-Tayabi", "Ismail Ibrahim al-Ahdal", and "Mashhour Ibrahim al-Ahdal" (featured sitting in front of his laptop).

cp15 Propaganda

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Film: U.S. Foreign Policy in Yemen

For a long time I have been trying to write about US foreign policy regarding Yemen. I finally decided to produce a simple video, using the dialogue method, that explains how I view their policy, especially on how they deal with Houthis. Of course, the Americans are not alone in their misdiagnosis of the war in Yemen. Rather, the entire international community has conflicting visions and misconceptions about the conflict and the dominant militant groups there. In the video, I tried to shed light on how the US is dealing with the Yemen file, especially when it comes to the Houthi militia, through an imagined conversation between two US State Department officials. =

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Iran-backed #Houthis today blew up house of col. Talib Darkam al-Muradi in Rahaba district south of #Marib governorate, just a week later they destroyed his brother's house in the same area.

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Yemen's Houthis celebrate sectarian 'divine right' to reign

Yemen's Houthi extremists have celebrated the sectarian occasion of the Day of Wilaya which in their Shiit beliefs mark prophet Mohammed's designation of his cousin and their alleged forefather Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, as a successor ruler of the Muslim state.

Local sources said the extremists have been "taxing people to death in Sana'a and other parts of northwest [Yemen] under their control in the lead-up to the eve of the Wilaya Day, Tuesday night, when they lit up the skies with fireworks all night long."

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Al-Jamal: Yemeni Brotherhood is world's most dangerous terrorist group

The Yemeni arm of Muslim Brotherhood organization is the most dangerous terrorist branch on a transcontinental scale, said the President of the Southern Transitional Council, Aidroos al-Zubaidi 's Press Secretary, Zaid Al-Jamal.
Al-Jamal warned against holding the Yemeni parliament session in Seiyun, the second largest city of Hadramout governorate.
In a tweet on Tuesday, Al-Jamal affirmed that "The runaway camps of General al-Ahmar along with the extremist Muslim Brotherhood organization are seeking to make Wadi Hadramout their capital with a view to legitimizing their occupation of the South."
He wondered "Where is the tribes of the Sanaa belt and where is the national army after 6 years of the battle to legitimize the Houthi militia and facilitate its control of Yemen Arab Republic."
Al-Jamal concluded his tweet by saying "How comes that the Arabic Yemen turned into Persian one"

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Siehe / Look at cp1

(A K)

21 Houthis killed in overnight Saudi-led coalition air strikes

At least 20 Houthis were killed in overnight air strikes launched by the Saudi-led coalition targeting rebel positions in the central Yemeni province of Al-Bayda.

"The air strikes hit the Iran-backed Houthi militia in several positions in Nati district, killing 21 and injuring 13 others ... they were brought in the morning to the hospital in the province," medics told Chinese Xinhua news agency on condition of anonymity.

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More Saudi coalition air raids Marib p., Jawf p. Several prov. Marib p. Marib p., Jawf p. Marib p. Marib p. Marib p. Bayda p. Marib p. Bayda p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp18

Im Jemen herrscht ein militärisches Patt. Eine größere Offensive mit größeren Erfolgen und Geländegewinnen für eine Seite bleiben seit der Offensive der saudischen Koalition gegen Hodeidah im Jahr 2018 aus. Kleinere Offensiven, ständige gegenseitige Angriffe und Gefechte mit Toten auf beiden Seiten und Opfern unter der Zivilbevölkerung gibt es aber ständig. Besonders betroffen sind die Provinzen Hodeidah, Taiz, Al Bayda, Al Dhalea, der Bezirk Nehm in der Provinz Sanaa, die Provinzen Al Jawf, Marib, Hajjah und Saada.

There is a military stalemate in Yemen. A larger offensive with greater successes and territorial gains for one side has been absent since the Saudi coalition's offensive against Hodeidah in 2018. Smaller offensives, constant mutual attacks and skirmishes killing fighters of both sides and causing victims among the civilian population are constant. The provinces of Hodeidah, Taiz, Al Bayda, Al Dhalea, the district of Nehm in the province of Sanaa, the provinces of Al Jawf, Marib, Hajjah and Saada are particularly affected.

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Two civilians killed in Houthi-laid landmine north Lahj

Two people were killed by a landmine blast in Karesh in the north of Lahj governorate on Friday.
According to local residents, the two men; Waheed Nagy and Mohamed Mohsen were on their way back home after performing Friday prayer (salat al-jumu'ah) when their motorcycle drove over a landmine planted by the Houthi militants in Lasab al-Dhahi village.

(A K pS)

Coalition thwarts Houthi attack on Saudi commercial ship

A hostile attempt by the Iran-backed Houthis to attack a Saudi commercial vessel with a drone has been thwarted, the Arab Coalition confirmed in a statement.


(A K pS)

Yemen [Hadi gov.] Condemns Foiled Houthi Attempt to Target Saudi Commercial Ship in Southern Red Sea

The Yemeni Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned the failed terrorist attack carried out with booby-trapped drones by the Iran-backed Houthi terrorist militia on a Saudi commercial ship at the entrance to the Red Sea.

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21 members of Saudi-backed team killed clearing Houthi mines in Yemen

Twenty-one members of a Yemen-based team of Saudi and foreign mine clearance experts have lost their lives over three years operating in what has become known as the world’s largest minefield.

The tragic death toll was revealed in figures showing the scale of the project being carried out in the war-torn country in cooperation with local Yemeni teams under the umbrella of the Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam).

Launched by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) on June 25, 2018, the initiative has so far cost $133 million, Masam’s director, Osama Al-Gosaibi, told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

He said the project’s field teams had dismantled 263,797 landmines, unexploded ordnance, and other deadly explosive devices. Since the start of the program up until July 23 this year, bomb squads dealt with 169,792 unexploded ordnances, 83,943 anti-tank mines, and 3,984 anti-personnel mines covering 25 million square meters of Yemeni territories.

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UNDP Delivers Personal Protective Equipment to Mine Clearance Teams in Aden

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has delivered 300 personal protective equipment (PPE) sets to the Yemeni Executive Mine Action Centre (YEMAC) in Aden. This PPE will better enable demining personnel to safely respond to reports of Explosive Hazards (EH) in the community.

(A K)

Two civilians killed by Saudi border guards in Sa'ada

Two civilians have been killed in the Yemeni northern governorate of Sa'ada, Houthi media said Monday, after Saudi border guards fired machine guns at Raqu village in Munabih district bordering the Kingdom.
Saudi border guards opened fire at civilians in Raqu, al-Masyra TV quoted security source as saying.

and also, telling they had been injured only:

(A K)

Government sends reinforcements as Houthis push towards Shabwah

Yemen's internationally recognised government has deployed military reinforcements into the southeastern province of Shabwah amid reports the Iran-allied Houthi group is advancing towards the province.

The reinforcements arrived in the district of Bayhan after the Houthis seized the districts of Nati and Na'man in the adjacent province of Bayda, AFP reported on Tuesday, quoting a military source.

(A K pH)

Hundreds of Saudi-led forces killed and wounded in new major Yemeni offensive

The spokesman of the [Sanaa gov.] Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e, has on Friday revealed details of the second phase of the military operation named Al-Nasr Al-Mubin, which was carried out by the Yemeni army and the Popular Committees in Bayda province, central of Yemen.

In a press statement, Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e said that the Yemeni army and Popular Committees were able to liberate Nati’ and Na’man districts.

Yahya Sare’e confirmed that the takfiri enemies, which are associated with the US-backed Saudi-led aggression, were expelled and suffered heavy losses.

(A K)

Houthis advance amid discord between Yemeni government forces, UAE affiliates

(A K)

20 government troops killed, injured in southeast Yemen

At least 11 government troops were killed and 9 injured on Tuesday when their convoy came under shelling attributed to the Houthi group in the district of Bayhan in Yemen's southeastern province of Shabwah, local sources said.

(A K pH)

Saudi artillery attack leaves two dead in Yemen

The Saudi coalition artillery attack on al-Raqo killed two citizens in the northern Yemeni city of Manba, on Monday night.
Two Yemeni civilians were killed in the artillery attack. In recent weeks, the Saudi coalition has repeatedly targeted residential areas in various Yemeni provinces which have inflicted serious damage to the country.

(A K pS)

Arab coalition intercepts several missiles, drones launched by Yemen’s Houthis toward Saudi Arabia

The Arab coalition said on Tuesday it intercepted and destroyed four ballistic missiles and two explosive-laded drones launched by Yemen’s Houthi militia toward southern Saudi Arabia, state TV reported.
The coalition said the missiles and the drones were targeting Jazan region, in a “deliberate” attempt to target civilian objects and populated areas.

and also

(A K pS)

KSrelief Masam Project Dismantles 369 Mines in Yemen During One Week

(A K)

Yemen rebels say made gains in central Al-Bayda province (A K)

Yemen's warring sides converge on strategic central district

Yemen's warring sides have deployed reinforcements to the outskirts of a strategic central district, a government military source said Monday, after Houthi rebels made significant gains in the nearby province of Al-Bayda

(A K pH)

Khamis Mushait, Jazan targeted by Yemeni drones

Some Arab media reported that on Sunday morning, the Yemeni Armed Forces carried out a drone operation against the positions of the aggressive Saudi coalition in Khamis Mushait and Jazan.

Sky News quoted a spokesman for the Saudi coalition as saying that an explosive-laden drone had been fired by Yemeni forces against Jazan in southern Saudi Arabia.


(A K)

Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthis' ballistic missile, armed UAVs

Saudi-led coalition forces supporting the Yemeni government announced Sunday that bomb-laden unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and a ballistic missile belonging to Houthi rebels were neutralised, reports Anadolu Agency.

Iran-backed Houthis fired a ballistic missile and dispatched three UAVs to the southern region of Saudi Arabia, but were intercepted by Saudi Airforce, according to a statement issued by the coalition, said Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

(A K pH)

Jemen: Huthi-Rebellen erobern weitere strategisch wichtige Region

Die Huthi-Rebellen haben im Jemen während einer Offensive auf die strategisch wichtige Stadt Ma'rib eine wichtige Bergkette erobert. Auch in anderen Gebieten ist die Rebellengruppe laut Medienberichten auf dem Vormarsch.

und auch

(A K pH)

[Sanaa gov.] Yemeni Forces Advance in Oil-Rich Shabwah, Capture Strategic Hilltop

Yemeni army soldiers and fighters from allied Popular Committees are advancing on new fronts in the country’s Southeastern province of Shabwah after capturing a strategic hilltop position.

A Yemeni military source told the Arabic service of Russia’s Sputnik news agency that Saudi-paid militants and troops withdrew from Aqabat Malih after Yemeni troops and their allies moved in following fierce clashes.

The source said the takeover of the hilltop marks a significant advance towards Bayhan town, some 200 kilometers from the provincial capital city of Ataq.

Yemeni army soldiers and Popular Committees fighters have launched a multi-pronged offensive in Shabwah in an attempt to choke off supplies of weapons and new fighters to the Saudi-led coalition and its mercenaries.

and also

(A K pH)

Yemen [Sanaa gov. army] retakes last base held by Saudi-led forces in southern Ma’rib

(A K pS)

Houthi terrorist militia fire new ballistic missile on Marib

The Houthi terrorist militia fired a new ballistic missile on Marib city on Tuesday night, but no casualties have been yet reported, local sources have said.

(A K pS)

Video published by the army media showing 14 dead houthi fighters killed yesterday in a position in Al-Kassara front, northwest of #Marib.


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Yemeni gov't-Houthis engage in renewed fighting in Marib

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Conflict escalation in Marib and potential humanitarian and economic impacts: Scenario

The battle of Marib could potentially tip the balance between the Internationally Recognized Government (IRG) and the Houthis. Marib is a key source of economic income thanks to its natural resources.

This report focuses on the (unlikely but possible) scenario in which the Houthis take full control of Marib city and governorate. It includes displacement estimates related to increased conflict in Marib and the impact on the economy of the IRG.

Key takeaways:

The battle of Marib could potentially tip the balance between the IRG and the Houthis. Marib is a key source of economic income thanks to its natural resources. Taking control of the city and of oil and gas facilities would provide significant additional income to the Houthis while ridding the IRG of its last foothold in the north, resulting in additional humanitarian needs.

An estimated 500,000 people could be displaced if the Houthis take Marib city and Marib Al Wadi.

The IRG would lose at least USD 19.5 million per month from the loss of crude oil exports.

This would put pressure on IRG foreign currency reserves, further depreciating the Yemeni rial (YER) and increasing food prices throughout the country.

By winning control of the oil and gas facilities, the Houthis stand to gain revenues estimated between USD 1.3 and 5.5 million per day, which is likely to change the power balance in the country. The IRG would lose at least USD 19.5 million per month from the loss of crude oil exports.

Loss of crude oil export revenues and the need to import more fuel and gas to cover local demand (if the Houthis divert this to other areas under their control) would put pressure on IRG foreign currency reserves, further depreciating the Yemeni rial (YER) and increasing food prices throughout the country.

As prices for fuel and gas increase in Marib and other IRG-controlled areas and payment of public servants’ salaries is disrupted, many households will see their purchasing power decrease.

Some households in IRG areas will see remittances decrease from the loss of income of family members who were working in Marib, further aggravating the microeconomic situation and pushing people to adopt negative coping strategies.

While the rial in Houthi-controlled areas is not expected to deteriorate, prices of goods transported from the south to Houthi areas are likely to increase as a result of the depreciation of the rial in IRG areas.

Full document:

Media report:

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‘Most fierce’ Houthi assault on Marib foiled by Yemen govt, coalition

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Houthi artillery shells kill 3 civilians in Yemen’s Taiz

Artillery shells fired by the Iran-backed Houthis on Sunday evening struck a residential area in Yemen’s densely populated southern city of Taiz, killing three young civilians, army spokesman Abdul Basit Al-Baher told Arab News on Monday.

The shelling came as fighting between government troops and the Houthis flared up in contested areas outside the city.

From their positions on the city's eastern suburbs, the Houthis on Sunday evening shelled different civilian targets in the city’s downtown, which is under the government’s control.

Their strikes triggered explosions that rocked the city and claimed the lives of three people, residents said.



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Film: Yemen – Houthi missile to kill three civilians killed in Taiz

Three civilians were killed in a Houthi militia bombing, targeted a house in the Al-Zahra neighborhood in Taiz, southwestern Yemen. Human rights activist, Fahd Al-Mikhlafi, stated that the bombing targeted the house with a thermal missile, and civilians were unable to help the wounded because of the Houthi snipers stationed in the Republican Palace and targeting anyone who tries to rescue the wounded.

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A 65-year-old woman, Nima Rashid was injured by a Houthi sniper in Al-Kuwaiha area, Maqbana district in #Taiz Where she was targeted at 7 am from the Houthi-controlled Al-Taweer area, which is overlooking the Al-Kuwaiha area in the city (photo)

and also

(A K pS)

Man, two children injured by Houthi shelling in Taiz

A man and two children were seriously injured in heavy shelling launched by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia targeting a densely populated area in Taiz on Saturday (photo)

and also

(A K pS)

KSrelief extends Yemen mine clearance contract by 1 year for SR125 million

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has extended the contract for implementing the Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam) in Yemen for a year, for an amount of SR125.98 million ($33.59 million).

and also

(A K)

Saudi-led coalition destroys drones launched by Yemen's Houthis, state media says

A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia said on Saturday it had intercepted and destroyed three drones that were launched by Yemen's Houthi militia towards the southern region of the kingdom, state media reported.

and also

(A K)

17 killed in pro-gov't operation against Houthis in Yemen's Marib

At least 17 people were killed on Saturday in an armed confrontation between pro-government Yemeni forces and the Houthi militia in the country's northeastern province of Marib, a military official told Xinhua News Agency


(A K pS)

Houthi militia suffers heavy losses west of Marib


(A K)

Houthis bury 11 fighters after new military setback in Yemen

Senior commander among the dead as Iran-backed militia suffer losses in Marib

The Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen held military funerals in Sanaa on Saturday for 11 of their fighters, including a senior commander, who were killed in battle.

(A K P)

Yemeni gov’t, Houthi rebels swap prisoners, dead bodies

No accurate count of prisoners on either side

The Yemeni government and Houthi rebels on Sunday carried out a new prisoner swap in the central Al-Bayda province, a military spokesman said.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Amer Al-Humayqani said five Yemeni soldiers were released in exchange for 10 Houthi rebels following local mediation.

and also

(A K P)

Yemen's Houthis release 2 al-Qaida prisoners: source

The Houthi rebel group released on Monday two mid-level members of the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch after a local meditation in the country's central province of al-Bayda, a military official told Xinhua.

"Two mid-level al-Qaida members who had been detained in Sanaa's National Security Prison for several years were released by the Houthi authorities," the local military source said on condition of anonymity.

He said that two fighters of the Houthi group were set free in exchange for the release of the al-Qaida prisoners from the Houthi-controlled jail in Sanaa.

(A K pS)

Dozens of Houthis, incl. senior leaders killed in al-Baidha

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

Seit dem Abkommen von Stockholm vom 13. Dezember 2018 gibt es einen Waffenstillstand für Hodeidah. Zwar bleiben größere Offensiven aus, kleinere Gefechte gibt es aber laufend, und beide Seiten werfen sich ständig Verstöße gegen den Waffenstillstand vor.

Since the Stockholm Agreement of December 13, 2018, a ceasefire has been in place for Hodeidah. There are no major offensives, but smaller battles are going on and both sides constantly are accusing each other of violating the ceasefire.

(A K pS)

Houthis continue to shell Hodeidah's residential areas

(B K pH)

Press conference reveals extent of destruction caused by Saudi invaders in Hodeidah

The Human Rights Office in Hodeidah province has on Thursday organised a press conference in which it revealed the total losses inflicted by the US-backed Saudi-led aggression on the coastal province.

At the conference, the Director of the Human Rights Office in Hodeidah, Zain Abdullah, explained that the total number of economic facilities that were targeted by the aggressors amounted to more than 4,255, which included factories, fuel trucks, commercial facilities and farms in addition to means of transportation, fishing boats, food stores, markets, gas stations and food trucks.

Furthermore, he stated that the total targeting of service facilities amounted to 64,310 units, including Hodeidah airport, nine sea ports, 97 power plants, 41 communications networks, 637 water tanks, 211 government facilities, 749 roads and bridges, 90 factories, 57 fuel trucks, 2,226 commercial facilities, 78 chicken and livestock farms, 972 means of transportation, 392 fishing boats, 213 food stores, 53 gas stations, 49 markets and 125 food trucks.

The Director indicated that the aggression has attacked 61,823 civilian homes, 11 university facilities, 297 mosques, 109 tourist facilities, 39 hospitals and health facilities, 186 schools and educational centers, 1,734 agricultural fields, 81 sports facilities, 20 archaeological sites and 10 media facilities.

He also confirmed that the violations committed by the Saudi-led coalition against the truce agreement exceeded 170,000, resulting in the deaths of more than 5,394 civilians, including women and children

(A K)

Child injured by gunfire by government forces in west Yemen, say Houthis

and also

(A K pH)

[Sanaa gov.] Yemeni Army Troops, Allies Foil Infiltration Bids in Hudaydah, Gun Down Saudi Mercenaries

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Video: 14 people killed, injured by Houthi-laid mine in Hodeidah

Three people were killed and eleven others were severely injured by a Houthi-laid land mine explosion in al-Duraihimi district, south of Hodeidah governorate, Al-Amalika Media Centre reported on Thursday.
Local and medical sources said that the blast occurred when the bus transporting the fourteen victims hit a landmine planted by the pro-Iran Houthi militants near the road to al-Huda area in al-Duraihimi.
All the victims were taken immediately to the nearest hospital in the district for receiving medical treatment.


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4 killed in explosion of Houthi-laid landmine in Yemen's Hodeidah

At least four people were killed in an explosion of a landmine laid previously by the Houthi rebels in the country's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah on Thursday, a government official told Xinhua.

"An explosion caused by a Houthi-laid landmine struck a bus in Durayhmi district of Hodeidah's southern part, leaving four killed," the local government source said on condition of anonymity.

And 11 others were injured as a result of the blast that destroyed their bus at the scene. "All the injured were transferred by local rescuers to a nearby hospital for medical treatment," he added.

Films: =


(A K pS)

Film: Houthi drones bombard civilians in Durayhimi

(A K)

5 Houthis killed in west Yemen Hudaydah

At least five Houthi fighters were killed and others injured late on Sunday night when pro-government pforces thwarted their infiltration attempt into their positions along contact lines east of the district of Al-Tuhayta in Yemen's western province of Hudaydah.

(A K pS)

A man sustains injury by shrapnel of Houthi projectile south of Hodeidah/Nabdh Alshare'a

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

(B P)

Ten months into the Yemen war: the story of a Galician sailor anchored in chaos without consular help

The vessel he captains, with 32 crew members, was accused by Australia of illegal fishing and detained in the Yemeni port of Al Mukalla, where he was tried and sentenced to a three-month arrest that he has already served.

The rest of us have been here since September. They have immobilized us with deceptions, falsehoods and irregularities. In terrible conditions." They deny the accusation: "The three months of arrest were illegal, but what are we going to do?" They live on the ship, temperatures on board reach 50 degrees and the food provided by the Yemeni authorities is rice and some chicken from time to time. While the boat was at anchor, they fished some muxo .

The port where he is located is under the control of the Southern Transitional Council.

"His relationship with those who rule here is practically nil. If someone who is in the government of Arabia has a relative in the Transitional Council, then he could do him a favor. But in that plan. The country is divided," he says, "and they pass the ball to each other. We are in the middle of that tangle. " Al Mukalla was even occupied by al Qaeda militias. "Our ship is a few meters from the bridge they used to hang decapitated corpses. We have seen photos. They continue to have a lot of influence in the city."

"We are left in a legal situation of abandonment, in which no one is responsible for either the boat or the crew," explains the Galician skipper.

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Oil slick after tanker sinks off Aden: port official

It was not clear how much fuel was stored in the ship held when it sank.
Leaking fuel had now spread along the coast for some 20 kilometres (12 miles) added the second port official, who did not want to be named.


Five athletes overcome obstacles to represent Yemen at Tokyo 2020

Five athletes will represent Yemen at Tokyo 2020 despite the country’s continuing war and political and economic turmoil.
The country’s 12-strong delegation at the opening ceremony in the Japanese capital included the athletes and their coaches, and was headed by the Yemeni ambassador to Germany, Yahya Al-Shuaibi, who is also a vice president of the Yemen National Olympic Committee (NOC).


(A P)

Satire: Eltern in Syrien, Jemen schicken ihre Kinder in den Gazastreifen, damit die New York Times ihren Tod bemerkt

(A P)

Yemen evacuates last group of nationals stranded in India

The internationally recognised government of Yemen has evacuated all the 612 nationals stranded in India due to coronavirus travel restrictions.

The last group,156 persons, arrived in the interim capital Aden on Saturday aboard a flight from New Delhi

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7 girls killed by floods in south Yemen

Seven girls have died in floods triggered by torrential rain in the district of Al-Mahfad east of Yemen's southern province of Abyan, local sources said.

The grils, aged between 8 and 10 years, were swept away by floods while they were gathering woods in the Dhiqah Valley on Thursday, the sources said, pointing out that their bodies were recovered by locals and police.

The floods also closed the highway between Abyan and Shabwah province

(A H)

Yemen – Floods

Floods have killed at least 14 people over the last few days after unseasonal rainstorms hit the majority of southern governorates. The rains are expected to continue in the coming two days.

Local and international humanitarian partners are conducting assessments, but report logistical challenges in reaching those in need due to roads being cut.

At least 1,000 households are in need of basic services, including at least 90 families in the Marib area and 400 in Taizz.



Heavy rainstorms have caused flooding in several southern and eastern regions of #Yemen. Flooding was particularly strong in Shawbah resulting in 14 fatalities and causing major damage to infrastructure including roads, farms, and telecommunications.



Photo: This is how the floods cut off the road between Hadramawt and Shabwah...


Pictures of the village of Dar Al-Hajar in province of Sana'a

(C P)

Film: Die Geschichte der Juden im Jemen

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Zootiere im Jemen blicken ungewisser Zukunft entgegen

Der Krieg im Jemen lässt Millionen von Menschen leiden. Sie sind jedoch nicht die einzigen Opfer. Auch die Tiere, die in den vernachlässigten Zoos des Landes leben, darunter Löwen, Geparden und Paviane, blicken einer ungewissen Zukunft entgegen.

Im Zoo von Sanaa, dem größten Zoo im Jemen, sind über 1.000 Tiere vom Hungertod bedroht, da die steigende Inflation das Futter zunehmend teurer macht und die Besucherzahlen seit Ausbruch des Krieges stark zurückgegangen sind.

(B H)

Photos: Animals in Yemen's zoo face uncertain future amid crisis

(A P)

Rights groups demand an end to the sale of surveillance technology to MENA’s autocratic governments

The MENA Surveillance Coalition calls for an immediate moratorium on the use, acquisition, sale and transfer of surveillance technology used to target human rights defenders in the region. =

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-752 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-752: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

(18 +, Nichts für Sensible!) / (18 +; Graphic!)

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

Untersuchung ausgewählter Luftangriffe durch Bellingcat / Bellingcat investigations of selected air raids:

Untersuchungen von Angriffen, hunderte von Filmen / Investigations of attacks, hundreds of films:

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